Updated on 10/06/2014 9:34AM

California Chrome works half-mile at Los Alamitos


CYPRESS, Calif. -- California Chrome, in his first workout since finishing sixth in the Pennsylvania Derby two weeks earlier, went a half-mile in 47.40 seconds on Saturday morning at Los Alamitos with his regular jockey, Victor Espinoza.

The work was the first of four that trainer Art Sherman has scheduled for California Chrome between now and the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Sherman said California Chrome would work every Saturday morning, mirroring the schedule California Chrome had in the spring, when he trained at Los Alamitos prior to victories in the Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby.

California Chrome came onto the track around 8:10 a.m., shortly after the mid-morning renovation break. He wore four pink polo bandages in honor of breast cancer awareness. Sherman’s wife, Faye, is a breast cancer survivor.

California Chrome was initially accompanied by a pony. After jogging with the pony, he broke away for the work, which he did alone. He came through the stretch with a final quarter-mile in less than 24 seconds, then galloped out with enthusiasm around the clubhouse turn. He was caught galloping out five furlongs in 1:00.20 by Russell Hudak, the chief clocker at Los Alamitos.

“I loved it,” Sherman said of the workout. “He’s been on the muscle ever since he got back from Pennsylvania.”

California Chrome wore his customary white blinkers for the workout.

“When he saw the blinkers at the front of his stall, he started bucking,” said Alan Sherman, Art’s son and top assistant.

“He’s been training real well,” Art Sherman said. “I think he got pissed off after his race in Pennsylvania. I can’t wait to get him back to Santa Anita. I think he’s going to run big. It’s going to be a tough race. I just want him to have a clean trip.”

California Chrome won six straight races, including the Preakness Stakes, but has lost his last two, the Belmont Stakes and the Pennsylvania Derby.

Eclipse Awards for Horse of the Year and champion male 3-year-old are likely to be decided in the Classic, whose field is expected to include Shared Belief, Bayern, and Tonalist, all candidates, like California Chrome, for both awards.

Malcolm Calhoun More than 1 year ago
He should run in the Cal Cup not the breeders cup he has peaked but let him run his fans will provide great odds for real contenders
Carolyn Coburn More than 1 year ago
Close Hatches ran 4th Saturday. Does that mean she is through and shouldn't run in the BC? CC will not be the favorite in the BCC, Shared Belief and Bayern will be, so what's your point about the odds? Shared Belief bounced big time in the Awesome Again --115 to a 101!! He caught weak fields in the PC AND Awesome again. Keep your opinions to your self until you star paying the bills!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!t
mike More than 1 year ago
mike More than 1 year ago
eye roll
Michael Jacob More than 1 year ago
That race at Parx was a bad one. I think there is going to be no rebound for this horse. They are working him at at a Quater horse track getting ready for the breeders cup classic ?? Gimme a break.
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
It's no longer just a quarter horse track and it is the same track he worked at to get ready for the 1 1/4 mile Kentucky Derby. What's your point?
Andrew Connie More than 1 year ago
Who cares where he works out at .cc will never win over a 1 1/8 again! Someone posted he will never win another race again B4 Parx FLOP!
russell More than 1 year ago
That was me. And I stand by it. And I made $$$ on him. He doesn't look right.
TomPHickey More than 1 year ago
Can you explain what difference it makes if he works out on the same track as QH? *eyeroll*
Carolyn Coburn More than 1 year ago
WHATEVER. You are entitled to your opinion, which I don't really care about!
Normand Deschênes More than 1 year ago
California Chrome will win the Breeders Cup! Best Regards, Normand Deschênes
Carolyn Coburn More than 1 year ago
Thank you!!
mike More than 1 year ago
Mrs.Coburn,I've been a loyal supporter from the beginning. Appreciated that I've got to speak with Mr. Coburn couple times lately. Mike Relva
mike More than 1 year ago
Many just want an excuse to slam something.
Arjay More than 1 year ago
i never had respect for CC until he lost in the Belmont. in the first two legs of the TC it seemed he just got lucky with his posts, and the poor posts of his main competitors, and his running style was a big edge considering the posts he got. in the belmont tho he had his 3rd race to run in 5 weeks, his main competitors did not, hurt his foot in the race and still was only beaten 2 lengths. i think if he is sound for the BC classic he can win it...and i really hope he does.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Funny how defeat can be more defining than winning.
Carolyn Coburn More than 1 year ago
How true.
Richard Cadena More than 1 year ago
The leading candidate for 3-year-old and Horse of the Year. The older male and turf divisions are not as tough as the 3-year-old division this year. Tonalist beat older horses. So did Shared Belief, but S.B's best races has been on synthetic. Wise Dan has run a re-run campaign three years in a row, against dull competition. California Chrome dominated the 3-year-olds this year, in the toughest campaign on the dirt main track, including winning two of three legs of the Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
Put a new jockey on him.
Michael Jacob More than 1 year ago
If a jockey like Gary Stevens was on him. He would of won the triple crown.
Andrew Connie More than 1 year ago
ahahahhah he could have had Jerry bailey on him he wouldn't have won. This horse will never win another race over 1 1/8 !
Carolyn Coburn More than 1 year ago
After winning at 1 1/4 and 1 3/16, what is the logic behind that? The Derby was a little on the slow time, but he DID NOT set the pace and Victor eased him before the wire to save his energy. His Preakness time was almost as fast as Affirmed. SO what's your point??????????????????????
mike More than 1 year ago
Andrew,you're a hater.
mike More than 1 year ago
No way!
russell More than 1 year ago
Slewfan, that horse was the real deal. This horse is not. I won over 2k in the Derby on him. Didnt touch the preakness, then just missed another huge score in the Belmont. I knew CC would lose. This horse has no shot in the BC and he will be 4/1 or less.
mike More than 1 year ago
Be sure you come back here after the Classic instead of hiding. You will eat crow.
slewfan More than 1 year ago
There's only one California Chrome and he rules.